Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tamworth: Ladybridge, the Castle and St Editha’s Church


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 120 × 203 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 55 c

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this sketch continues across folio 58 recto opposite (D22083; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 56). In this section what appears to be an earlier bridge over the River Anker is shown from the south, where Tamworth’s modern Bolebridge Street crossing now runs. The latter forms the eastern sector of a road system which also crosses the river a little to the west along Ankerdrive. These and other developments obscure the view.
There are related views on folios 56 verso and 57 recto (D22080, D22081; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 55a, 55b). For Turner’s England and Wales watercolour and other views of Tamworth, see under folio 52 verso (D22072; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 51c).
Technical notes:
Finberg noted: ‘This was a loose unnumbered leaf, but it appears to have belonged here originally.’1 This side and the recto (D22081; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 55b) are numbered in red ink, presumably by Finberg, rather than in Ruskin’s blue ink on the other leaves.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

Finberg 1909, II, p.731.

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